News – December 24, 2022

(Dodge County) Artic air and dangerous wind chill values swept through the Dodge County area yesterday (Friday). Temperatures dropped to nearly double digits in the negative with reported wind chills reaching negative 35, at last word. According to the national weather service, wind speeds were in the 30-to-40-mile-per-hour range. Meteorologists say the Christmas Eve forecast includes patchy blowing snow with a high near seven-degrees with wind chill values between negative 15 and negative 25. Throughout the day, high winds are expected at times with a westerly wind at 25-miles-per-hour and gusts up to 45-miles-per-hour. If you do plan on venturing out today (Saturday) emergency management officials say to have a winter preparedness kit in your vehicle and pack extra warm clothes just in case. You can visit 511-wi-dot-gov to get road condition updates and see areas to avoid.

(Brownsville) An Illinois man accused of running from Dodge County authorities was arraigned this week. James Cochrane entered a not guilty plea to a felony count of Fleeing. The marshall of the village of Brownsville clocked a vehicle speeding in August on Main Street. After activating their emergency lights, the suspect vehicle increased its speed and reached 83 miles-per-hour as it exited the Horicon Marsh. The chase continued towards Waupun were an officer successfully deployed a tire deflation device which disabled the vehicle. According to the complaint, Cochrane was identified as the driver and said he kept driving because he did not want another ticket. He allegedly told law enforcement that he wanted to make a (quote) “fiasco” and wanted to be the highlight of their day. If convicted, the 33-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half-years in prison. 

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center recently participated in their seventh Annual Toy Drive. The gifts are distributed to children in need throughout the Dodge County area for Christmas. Officials with the communications center say they recognize that this has been a year full of challenges and change for citizens within the community and it is their hope that this small act of kindness will spread happiness and hope going forward into 2023. They gave a special thanks to everyone at the communications center, detectives, patrol, secretaries, and administrative staff who came together to make this possible.  

(Juneau) The Dodge County Senior Nutrition Program is in need of volunteer drivers for their Home Delivered Meals program. Home Delivered Meals is a service designed to provide nutritious, well-balanced meals at a minimal cost for the homebound elderly. Officials with the program say a driver is needed in the Beaver Dam area between the hours of 10:30am and 12pm on Mondays as well as Thursdays. Drivers are also temporarily needed in the Lomira area. A valid driver’s license/vehicle insurance is required. Mileage reimbursement is offered. More information is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Juneau) There is an upcoming opportunity for local youth and families to learn more about the Dodge County 4-H program. In January, is the Discover 4-H Project Box Series. Wisconsin 4-H is featuring this Cloverbud Project Box Series for youth in five-year-old kindergarten through second grade. Through 4-H project boxes, youth can explore their interests and build new skills. The projects in this box follow the theme of the 4 H’s—Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Youth and families are invited to attend four virtual sessions taught by 4-H Educators. Each session will define and highlight one of the four H’s. Supplies are included for many of the projects, and there are some supplies the participating family will need to gather. There will also be bi-weekly Zooms on Tuesdays beginning January 17th. Contact Marie Witzel (at [email protected]) for more information. The registration deadline is January 6th. For older elementary youth, Wisconsin 4-H is featuring the Discover 4-H Project Box Series for youth in third through sixth grade. The projects in this box create a celebration using the Wisconsin 4-H Movement. There will also be bi-weekly zooms on Tuesdays beginning January 24th.